The Upper Eastside area of downtown Santa Barbara is a somewhat difficult neighborhood to define but a very desirable area to buy in. We typically consider Upper Eastside real estate to extend east of State Street from E. Constance Avenue down to Anapamu Street, though most of the larger, more historic homes featured will be above Arrellaga Street. While the border between the Upper Eastside and the neighboring lower Riviera can often blur, most would consider it on or around Olive Street. Many of the homes near or just below Santa Barbara’s historic Mission enjoy elevated parcels that provide for partial or expansive ocean views, though not nearly so dramatic as those located on the Riviera
Homes on the Upper Eastside
The Upper Eastside area and its homes and estates boast a long and rich history. Obviously, the nearby Santa Barbara Mission is a centerpiece of this community, with its expansive lawn and community-maintained rose garden providing a place of respite and recreation for residents and tourists alike. A handful of homes even have direct access to the Mission lawn. Many homes in the area also have illustrious histories—some with connections to the original presidio, such as boundary walls or even basement rooms that were once food storage rooms for the Spanish padres. Home styles in the Upper Eastside range from the classic Spanish style you would expect to prime local examples of Colonial, Craftsman, or Victorian architecture. Given the era of construction and strict building restrictions in the “Mission district”, there are literally only a few homes that have modern or contemporary architecture.
Upper Eastside Real Estate
Over the past couple of years, condominiums in the Upper Eastside area have sold for between $350,000 to just under $3 million, with those at the upper end being new offerings in the historic Granada Theater building. Single-family homes and historic estates have ranged from $500,000 to around $4 million, with most selling in the $1 million to $2.5 million range.
With its fairly flat topography and beautiful, historic architecture, the Upper Eastside is one of Santa Barbara’s favorite walking neighborhoods. Most of the neighborhood’s homes are within easy walking distance to all the amenities of State Street and offer proximity to the Santa Barbara County Bowl, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The area school is Roosevelt Elementary School, but numerous private schools are also nearby.
Contact local Upper Eastside real estate expert Daniel Zia by phone (805-637-7148) or email to get more information about homes for sale and the nuances of the market in the Upper Eastside.